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Factory simulations from UK show off automation

Doesn’t get much better than this!  18 teachers from around the country gathered at the University of Kentucky to learn about CIM for two weeks. They spent two days showing off what they learned by making a factory simulation. The class was broken up into two teams, and both successfully completed their tasks.
The rules were as follows:
  • Each team must have two Lynxmotion robotic arms
  • There must be multiple handshakes between pieces of equipment
  • There have to be at least three different operations
  • The factory must include VEX
  • There must be pneumatics or hydraulics involved
The first team built an automated bourbon barrel filling station. It drilled, filled, bunged, transported, stamped and stored barrels.

The second team built a machine that recycled golf balls and turns them into range balls, complete with striping mechanism. Used two Lynxmotion arms, many handshakes, lots of VEX, 3D printed grippers and pneumatics!

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What kind of tools should I use?

Question:

I know nothing about tools for CNC machines.  What kind are there, and what can I use them for?

Answer:

There is so much to learn about tooling when it comes to CNC machines, that it can really be overwhelming. Here we present just the basics as it pertains to a “rookies” classroom. There are complete courses on these topics, but this should get you started! Be sure to look at the tools in the HSM tool library, and it will give you the info you need to order the tools. It even gives you the company and part number! First of all, We have put together a short powerpoint which can be downloaded at the link below.

reddownloadCnJ CNC Tooling Basics

 

What tool do I use for which operations?

11whattool

Types of cutters: Center Cutting End mills

1CCendmill

Types of cutters: Non-Center Cutting End Mills

2nonccendmill

Types of Cutters: Roughing Mills

13roughingend

Types of Cutters: Ball End Mills

3Ballendmill

Types of cutters: Engravers

  6engravers

Types of cutters: Fly or Shell Mill

12flyshell

                           

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The Basics: Tooling For CNC Machines

  • 1CCendmill
  • 2nonccendmill
  • 3Ballendmill
  • 6engravers
  • 10climbvsconventional
  • 10climbvsconventional
  • 5depthofcut
  • 4Stepover
There is so much to learn about tooling when it comes to CNC machines, that it can really be overwhelming. Here we present just the basics as it pertains to a “rookies” classroom. There are complete courses on these topics, but this should get you started! First of all, We have put together a short powerpoint which can be downloaded at the link below.

reddownloadCnJ CNC Tooling Basics

 

Topics:

Types of cutters: Center Cutting End mills

1CCendmill          

Types of cutters: Non-Center Cutting End Mills

2nonccendmill  

Types of Cutters: Roughing Mills

13roughingend

Types of Cutters: Ball End Mills

3Ballendmill

Types of cutters: Engravers

6engravers

Types of cutters: Fly or Shell Mill

12flyshell Does Number of Teeth Matter? What are Flutes? 7numderteeth

What is Depth of Cut? How Deep can I Cut on a Single Pass?

5depthofcut

What is Stepover? How Much Should I make the Toolpaths Overlap?

4Stepover

What is Chip Load?

8chipload

What are Tools Made of?

9toolmatls

What’s the Difference Between Climb and Conventional Cutting?

climb4 climbconvention2

What Tool Should be Used for Which Operations?

11whattool

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